Guys, I’m really excited because today, I get to share a room in our house that is DONE.
I almost filled this post under the “progress” category just because that’s what I’m so used to doing, but then I realized we were actually finished. I’ve been so busy with little projects to finish off other rooms that this one just kinda snuck up on me.
It’s fitting that our living room is the first room to be completed because it is definitely the room we spend the most time in.
I was worried how my “less is more” decorating philosophy would work in a room this large–its pretty much the size of the whole main floor in our last home–but I think it fell together nicely.
Can we have a moment of silence for those floor to ceiling windows?! I am all about natural light and the FIRST thing I have to do when I get out of bed is open all the curtains – i thought about this and realized I actually cannot stand having blinds drawn during the day and it makes me sad when I’m in houses that don’t let natural light in. Is that strange?! Probably.
Lets take a look at what we started with:
Does that not look like a completely different house?
Here is what it looked like 3 hours after we closed on it:
Since removing wood paneling was not in our budget, we simply painted over it. Shiplap ain’t got nothin’ on painted wood paneling! Okay, okay, just kidding–I love shiplap–but this was a much easier, budget-friendly option.
Since I decorate with lots of white, it’s really important to add texture whenever possible. The texture of the wood paneling adds warmth and dimension. Not mention how much it lightens up the whole room. Can you believe the difference paint makes in a space?!
I love that the house (built circa 1890) still had these original French doors in tact. Our daughter loves to snuggle behind them in her little chair and read books. And yes, that is a basket of toys back there. This is real life, after all 🙂
I love incorporating antiques like the table to the side of the couch (a game table that belonged to my dad) with DIY furniture that
we my husband makes himself, like the coffee table/toy chest and the blanket ladder. The dresser that our TV sits above was a gift from my grandma that I refinished.
So there you have it. Our first finished room! Well–finished for now, at least 🙂
I want to hear your tips! How do you guys decorate with white?
I party here!